Cold run at 70 mph with Terry Scroggins on the opening minutes of the AOY tournament in Escanaba, MI. Three casts in at the first spot, and a nice smallmouth pulls off. Two casts later and another one nips it but doesn't get hooked up. Such is smallmouth fishing on the bay.
Cliff Prince getting started on Day 1 of 2014 AOY Championship
Ron Young, my camera boat driver, is a lifelong resident of the Upper Peninsula, having lived here for 69-plus years.
Visiting with my camera boat driver, Ron Young, I'm getting an appreciation for the fishing in Bay de Noc. Young is a walleye guy, as most folks in this world are. But it wasn't always that way.
The boats have left and I'm in a truck storming my way from Escanaba to a closer ramp and Todd Faircloth's fishing area. Given that the temperature is in the 30s, waves are supposedly 4-feet on Lake Michigan and my outboard on my camera boat is 150 horsepower, I like driving this plan.
I stopped by a park in Escanaba on the water to check the conditions and found the following. If you don't watch the video, let me just assure you that as of sunset tonight, you did not want to be in a bass boat in that bay. We don't have this kind of wind in Alabama, or if we do, we're hunkered down.
With a 15-point lead going into the season-ending Bassmaster Elite Series Toyota Angler of the Year tournament, Greg Hackney is obviously the favorite to win the title that will be decided after three days on Lake Michigan.
The top bass anglers in the world register to compete for one of the most prized titles in their sport - Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year.